Simon Moya-Smith

Writer for NPR, CNN. Oglala. Chicano. Columbia U alumnus. Former IndianCountryToday, NBCNews, MTV, DenverPost. Writing a book for UMN, out 2018.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/opinions/trump-native-americans-moya-smith-opinion/index.html

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‪Lynn Eagle Feather, the mother of Paul Castaway, a Lakota man who was fatally shot by a Denver cop in 2015, prepares to speak about police brutality prior to a candlelight vigil for Kyler Grabbingbear, a 19-year-old Lakota youth who was shot and killed by an Adams County sheriff’s deputy in Colorado on Dec. 7.‬

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My latest for @CNN (featuring wisdom from Tara Houska). Trump is no Andrew Jackson, but one thing they do have in common is a complete lack of respect for Natives. Link in bio.

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I found this awful clip during a wild afternoon of research at the National Archives here in D.C. Careful. It’s pretty vicious and uses both the R-word and I-word. You’ve been warned. (I suggest you take a screenshot and zoom.)

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Winnowing out the bullshit in the American narrative w/ Jesse Ventura. Link in bio. (I invariably look so damn serious.)

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Our lens. Our voice. Correct the bullshit narrative. Indeed. Segment available on @aljazeeraenglish. (You don’t want to see the despicable, downright fuckery photo some photog editor at Aj English ran w/ this piece. Sweet jeezus.)

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After everyone goes home, one last chance to effect change. Fuck it. #NotYourMascots (Photo by Vincent Schilling)

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‪“Look, if you can get them to change the name I’ll take my hat off to you,” Neno Mejid, 71, a hardcore fan of the Washington NFL team said to me outside FedEx Field on Nov. 23.‬
‪“Would you take off all these racist logos and slurs instead?” I asked.‬
‪“That I would,” he responded.‬
(Photo by Vincent Schilling)

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The signs have arrived for our #Justice4Natives rally to be held on Thanksgiving 2017 near the Washington NFL team stadium. We’ll meet at the Metro Station on Morgan Blvd. in Maryland at noon. Hoka.

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Damn right!

Via @NPR.

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‪The Washington NFL team name means proof of Indian kill.‬ ‪Thanksgiving omits the murder of the indigenous people.‬ ‪Today, Natives are more likely to be killed by police than any other demographic.‬ ‪JOIN US! Stand against racism and systemic oppression! #Justice4Natives

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#Repost from @jopwell: In the words of journalist @simonsaidtakeapic, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation: “We are doctors and lawyers and writers and actors and chefs. Divorce yourself from everything you think you know about Natives and start over again. Let’s move forward together.” #NAHeritageMonth

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Let’s give bullshit hell, ya. Oralé. Hoka. And all that jazz. #EasternMichiganUniversity

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Reposting @badwinds: “When you go to listen to @simonsaidtakeapic lecture and then end up sharing your art and then witness and document an interview on a Thursday evening in the #WhiteMountains.” Amazing illustration, man. Flattered. 🤘🏽🙏🏽

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Tokša akhe (see you again) to a warrior and relative. #RIPDennisBanks. I took this photo of Dennis Banks, left, in 2015 in Rapid City, S.D., as he spoke about the ravages of police brutality in Indian country.

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See you soon, Eastern Michigan University. Explicit material. Naturally.

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Just signed a book deal.

Working title: "Your Spirit Animal is a Jackass."

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Well, there it is, folks: I accepted a book deal earlier today. Working title? Stay tuned. And how the living hell do I cheers all that word-nerd narrative jazz? Hot damn, a roaring fire and Tom Waits blaring in the background of-fucking-course.

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Read it. Dug it. Endorsed it. "As We Have Always Done" by Leeanne Betasamosake Simpson.

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"But we're honoring you ..." #NotYourMascot

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Museum literature stuffed in pocket? Check. Instagram at the ready? Check. Centuries-old paintings that demonstrate the consequence of aggressive settler colonialism? Priceless.

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Rock/alternative band, Eudea. Photo circa 2006, I believe. From left, Josh (mandolin), Joe (drums), Pablo (guitar), Chris (guitar), yours truly (vocals/lyrics), and Wes (bass). #tbt #Denver #LocalMusic

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Preparing to watch #GameofThrones7 and then there's this stupid shit. Again.

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My latest. An excerpt from "Moya-Smith: D.C.’s Nasty Underbelly, And, Yes, Trumpcare Will Kill Natives": "The Fourth has come, but not quite gone. More than a week later, the stench of old, rotting food and backwash boiling in beer cans fill the air…I sat down with a producer at NPR the other day at Roofers Union on 18th St., and we discussed coverage and police brutality and racist Indian mascots. But I don’t want talk about that now. I want to watch the man with sunburnt shoulders in an American flag hat, muscle shirt, and pants, and wonder: Is he wearing red, white, and blue whitey tighties? What about thongs and G-strings made to resemble the American flag? Is it unpatriotic to ram a red, white, and blue flag up the crack of your ass? Or is just good ol’ ‘Merican patriotism? I’ve never owned a thong myself, but on Independence Day or President’s Day or even Columbus Day, for that matter, it just seems poetic to link pricks and assholes and flags." (Illustration by @getoutkay). Read the piece on Indian Country Media Network: buff.ly/2uqUaPL

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Noooooo!

I love @gameofthrones.

I loathe grammatical errors. Especially bookstore grammatical errors.

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@getoutkay, the illustrator, illustrated me saving her after a night of painting the town. Not pictured, a crabby cabby having none of it: "No, no, no!" he shouted. I held my foot in the car as he revved the engine, threatening to pull away. Alas, with foot still attached to body, she got home safely. Take care of each other, folks. Always.

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While white men were declaring independence from white men, Natives were being slaughtered in the name of God, greed. bit.ly/2tIZRYp #independenceday #fourthofjuly (graphic courtesy @mic).

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The Declaration of Independence explicitly refers to Natives as "merciless Indian savages." bit.ly/2tIZRYp #independenceday #fourthofjuly (graphic coutesy @mic).

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Speaking on a panel yesterday about Native twitter, Native journalism & Native rights are human rights; moderated by Koja Nnamdi @kojoshow. And yes, I roll up my pants. Hot AF out here.

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Tulsa. American Indian Chamber of Commerce. I spoke about police brutality in Indian country, dehumanization, trauma, journalism, and how to rage against bullshit and lies. Wopila y gracias for having me, folks. (Photos courtesy of Jennifer Hubbard and Melissa Lewis.)

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Pierced eyebrow. Spike cut. 16-year-old Simon. #tbt

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